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Can vitamin b12 hydroxocobalamin intramuscular solution be administered subcutaneously? solution is watery red in ampules 1ml. i feel pain with im injections so that's why. what do you recommend? any issue? thanks. male. 37.

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Subcutaneous OK: While IM is the standard route, it is also effective when given subcutaneously and is less uncomfortable so it should be fine to give sq. After a few months you can check your serum levels of B12 and you should find that this route is providing adequate therapy. See https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/b12-intramuscular-vs-subcutaneous-injection-9975.html
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Vitamin B: Agree with Dr. Baker. Vitamin B12 can be absorbed from both intramuscular & subcutaneous sites. REF: https://pdf.hres.ca/dpd_pm/00026115.PDF

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